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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Luau organizers say ‘mahalo’
The Soldotna Senior Citizens Center would like to thank all of the wonderful donors and volunteers that supported the center’s Hawaiian luau fundraiser. A special thanks to Tim and Janet Pope of Natron Air for their donation of the flightseeing trip. A big thank you to Mike Morgan for his beautiful Hawaiian music, Bunny Chong and Na Manu Olu troupe for the great entertainment. Another thank you to Hawaiian Vacations, Safeway, Poppy Lane Flowers, Barkingham Palace, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, Old Grey Mare and Dody Tachick for the fabulous door prizes. Also thank you to Peninsula Clarion, KSRM and KBAY for the great media coverage. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers that worked in so many capacities — decorations, ticket sales, cooking, serving and as greeters.

Ask your assembly member why
The Kenai Borough Assembly claims to be moving against the senior exemption in the interest of fairness to all homeowners. To avoid being hypocrites, the assembly needs to close other loopholes that cause homeowners to bear an unfair share of the cost of borough government.

Biological trigger for dippers
I have just a few brief comments about today’s Clarion poll (week of July 5-10). The question about dipnetting requiring a biological escapement trigger is topical. This fishery originated on the surplus stocks of larger returns in the late ’80s. Last year some 400,000 sockeyes were harvested by the “gillnet on a stick” fishery. What was once intended as a fishery to slow the escapements on large returns is now prosecuted on a calendar date which on a year such as this is tantamount to a latent in-river allocation.

Time to listen to voters on aerial wolf hunting
Regarding the impasse created when the Alaska Board of Game authorizes ever expanding airborne wolf killing. This comes after Alaskans have twice voted to ground the aerial cowboys.

Hospital nurses along program for new recruits
Throughout the United States, the demand for nurses has outpaced supply. In Alaska nurse recruitment is even more difficult; harder still in hospitals in small Alaska communities.

Bridge closures bad for business
The song-and-dance antics of J.R. Cox and Paul Morin were about the last things to draw smiles in the Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday before angry merchants blasted plans to close the Kenai River bridge for several nights in July.

Photo feature: Group effort
Members of Boy Scout Troop 425 from Overland Park, Kan., take turns fishing for red salmon from a boardwalk alongside the Russian River recently.

Veto shorts HEA upgrade money
Homer Electric Association has needs. Until May, the cooperative had the money. As of today, however, the cooperative is resigned to simply studying those needs.

Beverly Kay Faulkner
Longtime Kenai resident Beverly Kay “Kay” Faulkner died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at her home in Kenai. She was 59.

Richard L. ‘Smitty’ Smith
Soldotna resident Richard L. “Smitty” Smith died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 69.

On any Alaska highway, safety should come first
The opening sentence in Tuesday’s lead story in the Clarion says it all: “Thirty-one people died in traffic accidents on the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Soldotna from 1977 to 2005.”

Outdoor Briefs
Educational trips scheduledKenai produces dipnet leafletLower Ohmer Lake camp closed

Slow sockeye return has fishermen, processors hoping for a late run
From dipnetters to commercial driftneters, and packers to processors, the weak return of sockeye to the Kenai River is being felt by many who look to salmon for their livelihood.

Lake bird leg bands more than a fashion statement
The double-crested cormorants at Skilak Lake have come a long way in the last 70 years. That’s right — they have nested on little islets on the east end of Skilak for at least 70 years.

Cohos make early show, king run picking back up
Last weekend’s king fishing would be hard to top, but if the marine sport fishery is any indication, it will still be worthwhile to wet a hook Saturday and Sunday.

Church Briefs
Addictions group meetsClothes closet opensDestiny Conference plannedWagner to speak at churchKenai Aglow meeting setClothes availablePCC celebrates its 30th anniversarySummer Bible school sets sailYouth invited to join circus

It is not too late to change and finish well
In his book, “Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives,” Charles Swindoll concludes his thoughts on the importance of an impressive finish in life by telling of his experience playing in the Third Marine Division Band.

Twins’ bats come alive vs. 49ers
The Kenai American Legion Post 20 Twins closed out a four-game series with the Fairbanks 49ers with a 14-3 win Thursday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Quilters tourney has fun for all
Gosh, this season seems to be flying by. The tourists have arrived and hopefully the kings and reds will follow! Welcome, tourists, to the Kenai Peninsula and to the Friday report from Bird Homestead Golf Course. For those who are staying with us in the Soldotna area, we are located 11.8 miles down Funny River Road. We have reasonable rates, a friendly atmosphere and it’s a beautiful drive out to our course.

Oilers put out Fire
The Peninsula Oilers rebounded from Wednesday’s loss with an 11-hit game to defeat the AIA Alaska Fire 8-1 Thursday in Alaska Baseball league play at Growden Memorial Field in Fairbanks.

Sports Briefs
Barrel horse racers competeKodiak Little League advances to Knik

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